SEATTLE (AP) — Construction workers are expected to begin work on the West Seattle Bridge this week, adding carbon strips and steel cables for support after engineers discovered growing cracks in March, transportation officials said.

The Seattle Department of Transportation announced Monday that work on the bridge is expected to last until late October and is intended to keep it standing throughout an orderly demolition or another long-term fix, The Seattle Times reported.

Construction includes attaching carbon strips to strengthen weak areas of the bridge and string additional steel cables to compress and strengthen the concrete, officials said.

The 36-year-old bridge was closed in March after photos from the department revealed expanding cracks that lengthened 5 feet (1.5 meters) since August, including 2 feet (0.6 meters) of growth from March 6 to March 23.

The construction timeline conflicts with the city's ability to perform full repairs to last up to 10 years.

“Though our recent analysis indicates that repairing the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge may be possible, we still do not know how much repairs would cost, how long they would take, how many lanes could be restored, and whether repairs would last long enough to be a worthwhile investment,” the city said in a statement Monday.

The city has yet to determine a long-term solution, which could include replacing the cracked bridge.

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